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Friday, October 10, 2008

ICL issue will be resolved soon: Subhash Chandra

HYDERABAD: The 'rebel' tag of the Indian Cricket League may soon disappear and the Twenty20 tournament could get the backing of the Internationa
l Cricket Council, hoped ICL owner Subhash Chandra during the opening ceremony of the second edition of the tournament on Friday.

"I have got the assurances from the ICC and the cricket administrators of the country that the conflict regarding the ICL will be resolved soon," Chandra, who had a meeting with ICC president David Morgan recently, said in his speech.

"This tournament is providing an excellent opportunity to the country's young cricketers and it will continue in the coming days as well," he added.

The second season of the ICL meanwhile got off to a rousing start at the Lal Bahadur Shashtri Stadium here.

The 15,000-strong crowd went wild as the fluorescent lightning and colourful special effects created an electrifying environment all around.

The 50-minute long opening ceremony was adorned with skillful performance by Shaoline monks and a spectacular dance show by over 250 performers from Shiamak Davar's Troupe.

Over 100 drummers and around 20 international performers added to the charm.

The nine teams, including new entrant Dhaka Warriors, received a tumultuous welcome from the spectators as they were led by their respective skippers.

Dressed in colourful jerseys, they lined up on the middle of the pitch amid loud cheering.

"We are ready to make this tournament a success from every aspect. We are on the right track and I believe the tournament is going to be much more interesting and closely contested in the second season than what it was the last time," said Kapil Dev, Chairman of the ICL's Executive Board.

The ceremony also witnessed a spectacular fireworks display, announcing the beginning of the tournament that started with a high-octane clash between defending champions Hyderabad Heroes and last edition's runners-up Lahore Badshahs.

Among others, the ceremony was attended by former Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu and Andhra Pradesh Assembly Speaker KR Suresh Reddy.

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